I have a very low bar as to deciding when my TBR is getting out of control. It literally just hinges on whether or not they will literally fit on my TBR shelves. Like most of us, I tend to gravitate towards the newer, shinier, recent additions, so what better way to remind myself what I should be reading than to do a TBR Book Tag!?
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Primarily with LibraryThing, which I’ve used for ten years or so now. If it ever went down, I think I’d end up crying myself to sleep. It has every book I’ve obtained and read, divided by year, since 2006. My profile is here, if you’re interested. Click ‘to read’ under the ‘Collections’ subheading. I like to arrange it in Cover View, just because seeing all the pretty covers makes me happy. I prefer LibraryThing to GoodReads, because the former understands when you own a book but haven’t read and uses different coloured tick marks when you’re looking at book lists.
I’ve been using a spreadsheet this year as well, but that’s just because I like statistics. LibraryThing is my ‘go-to’ in this area.
Is your TBR mostly print or e-Book?
Entirely print. Most of my e-books are either classics or copies of books that I already own in print, that I bought when they were cheap in case I didn’t want to carry around the real book.
Why yes, that is an unnecessarily expensive way of living.
How do you determine what book to read next?
I don’t really know. I’m a mood reader, although I usually have my next book planned in my head by the time I get two thirds through my current read.
I do go through phases of topics though. I had a ‘French Revolutionary’ spate a month or so ago, and pretty much read every book on my TBR in relation to Napoleonic Europe.
Whilst I do enjoy making TBRs (I actually do this in my head at night when I can’t sleep), I never stick to them.
What’s the book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
LibraryThing tells me that it’s The Queen’s Sorrow, by Suzannah Dunn, but it’s not. It’s actually Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I know this because it isn’t even on my LibraryThing, which means I’ve had it since before 2008. I really should just read it and get it over with – it’s hardly going to be a huge read – but eh. Not now. It looks like it’s going to be Little Women-esque, which took me six years and two rereadings to realise that I don’t actually like.
What is a book you recently added to your TBR?
I don’t count library books as additions to my TBR, so let’s see…
Ah yes. I had a £10 Waterstones voucher when I was alone in Leeds a few weeks ago, so naturally I subsequently spent £58 on books. I have read precisely zero of those books to date. LibraryThing seems to think the last book I added was Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, so we’ll go with that.
I don’t have a huge desire to read it anytime soon though. I wasn’t a massive fan of Warcross, so I need a bit of space from the whole virtual reality thing, I think.
What is a book on your TBR strictly because of the beautiful cover?
Haha, I ordered this book literally forty minutes ago almost entirely because of the cover, and I’ve already forgotten what it’s called!
Ah, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E.K. Johnson.
I think it’s something about the British Empire still being around, and if Queen Victoria’s legacy was more absolute than it is now? But look. Pretty.
What is a book on your TBR you never plan on actually reading?
I was about to get all snitty and point out that I’d never have a book on my TBR that I didn’t plan on reading at some point, however far away that point may be.
Then I remembered this particular incident, where I bought eleven Charles Dickens books. I don’t like Dickens. I’ve read A Christmas Carol, which I loved, but then I’ve also read The Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, two of which were tolerable and two of which I hated. Just click on the A Tale of Two Cities link for my vitriolic read-a-long check-in.
So yes, I bought eleven books that I will read at some point, but it will genuinely be when I actually force myself to pick one up out of literative guilt.
What is a book on your TBR that almost everybody has read but you?
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. It’s the latest installment in the Sarah J. Maas series – I can’t remember how many of the damn things there are now. Too many.
Everytime I read a new book in this series, I remember how good they are and how much I like them, but I never seem to actually want to pick them up.
It doesn’t help that Tower of Dawn seems wholly unnecessary. Instead of following the main characters, who were subjected to a huge cliffhanger at the end of the last book, we’re instead going back to follow a different character during the same time period. The story isn’t progressing forward at all, and people I trust have said that it’s too long and the whole thing could have been explained in a chapter or so in the next book instead.
I’ll read it before the next book comes out in Autumn, but I have to admit I’m not really looking forward to it.
What is a book on your TBR that everybody recommends to you?
I’m going to retrospectively say Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. I actually finished this book late last night, but I haven’t written my review yet and I started this post before I finished it, so hey ho.
I read so many glowing reviews of this book, which is more or less the same as ‘recommending,’ but it just… urgh, no. I’m going to draft a full post later, but I’m not convinced they were reading the same book I was.
Into the Drowning Deep and I were not friends.
What is a book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?
Hmm. There’s quite a few actually – I seem to have accumated a lot of great-sounding books recently.
For the purposes of the this question though, I think I’m +going to go with The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell.
It’s a beautiful blue hardback, broken down into bitesize entries of the daily life of a bookshop owner over the course of a year. I’m definitely in the mood for something gentle and lovely, and who doesn’t like reading about books!?